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Scientific ResearchThe Collections Department at McWane Science Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and study of Alabama’s rich resources in the fields of paleontology, geology, archaeology, and zoology.
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Scientific Research

The McWane Collection is open to scientific researchers and students currently advised by researchers.

Significant aspects of the McWane Collection include:

  • Hundreds of cataloged Late Cretaceous mosasaurs, dinosaurs, turtles, birds, marine and flying reptiles.
  • Thousands of cataloged of Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic chondrichthyans and bony fishes.
  • The world’s largest collection of Pennsylvanian vertebrate and invertebrate ichnofossils and plants from Alabama’s famed Union Chapel Mine.
  • The state’s largest collection of Late Pleistocene mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and freshwater fishes.
  • Collections of Paleogene and Neogene mammals.
  • A collection of over 5,000 freshwater mussels and snails collected circa 1910.
  • A collection of over 400 bird skins collected circa 1910.
  • Large collections of southeastern U.S. Archaeological artifacts.
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Type Specimens Housed at McWane Science Center

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Peer-Reviewed Publications by Year

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The Collections Department at McWane Science Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and study of Alabama’s rich resources in the fields of paleontology, geology, archaeology, and zoology. The McWane Collection is open to scientific researchers and students currently advised by researchers.

Jun Ebersole
Director of Collections
McWane Science Center
200 19th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Jebersole@mcwane.org

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